Today is……

Well, it’s been Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. I was going to do a post about it. I even had one mostly typed up and ready. But…well, I have read A LOT of stuff about it today, and it’s not that I think there is enough out there already, but because…..well…..I have read some articles / postsΒ  that contain information that must have been found on totally crap websites, because it’s just not true. One I read was that 1 in 10 Americans has it. Seriously?? Did they not stop and think about that for a second before they sent it off to be replicated further? *sigh*

So, I decided I shall just carry on doing what I do, because it is a major part of my blog, because it is a major part of my life, and I do tend to post about it a fair bit anyway.

Plus, I wear purple most days anyway :p even if it’s only a nighty πŸ™‚

I have been very lax in my blogging the last couple of weeks.Β  I’ve been up and about a lot more, even if it’s just for a couple of hours on some days. Although I have had a couple of kickback days yesterday and today because I over-did things, but that’s how it goes. But kickback days are much easier to cope with than flare ups, because you know it’s going to ease off in a day or two.

There is actually a lot I want to blog about – stuff to catch up on, and I have several half written posts waiting to be finished, and I do miss you guys when I am not around ((((group hug))))

I can only conclude that the improvement I have been seeing is down to the Co-enzyme Q10 that I have been taking. I definitely have a bit more energy and stamina. Which is good, because it’s a massive improvement on none (I kid you not) and of course, with that bit of a boost, I’ve been able to really begin to feel like I can reclaim some kind of life again πŸ˜€

Anyway…….here is how my sock is progressing. Is that a beautifully turned heel, or what?? I have found one tiny hole on one side, right at the beginning of the process, but I know how I went wrong, so can make sure it doesn’t happen on the next one. Plus, it’s so teeny it won’t be noticeable.

wpid-20150512_151602.jpgI am about a third of the way along the foot now, so feeling like the end is in sight πŸ™‚

 

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28 Responses to Today is……

  1. utahan15 says:

    keep on knitting. you have a fellow fiber sufferer here in slc. ms pam cordray! best wishes!

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  2. Merbear74 says:

    I was also going to post about fibro awareness day, but decided that everyone who reads my blog is already aware of it.
    Love your sock. πŸ˜€

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  3. lydiaa1614 says:

    We have SO much in common – fibro, purple, no energy cats, I WANT to make socks! LOL. And, I just discovered, thanks to you and my Naturopath, that Q10 is working well for me too. I actually did not know it is Fibro Awareness Day…but between the flares and my other pain conditions acting up and a total lack of energy, I’m not surprised I am out of touch. I actually haven’t looked into anything on FM for years because I just live with it. Maybe I should become more proactive. Thanks MG and I am glad you are just a little better :-). ((((((((((hugs)))))))))) I missed you btw.

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    • lydiaa1614 says:

      PS the sock is awesome!

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    • Moongazer says:

      There’s nothing quite like finding a kindred spirit πŸ˜€ ((((hugs))))
      I am so pleased the Q10 is making a difference for you too. That’s fantastic news πŸ™‚ Are you finding its giving you a bit more energy?
      I’ll hopefully get this first sock finished by the weekend and as I start on the next one I’ll do the tutorial as I go along. I’m quite excited to know you’ll be using it and any feedback will be gratefully received – good and bad xxx

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      • lydiaa1614 says:

        I am actually in Canada and a lot of our references are more similar to yours than to the U.S. We actually have “sock weight” and “sport weight” yarn here, so I will check them both out. I am very excited about starting on this new adventure. I actually have great trouble wearing socks because my feet swell and to know I can make some that will fit and be comfortable is a great motivation. Yes, I do believe the Q10 is giving me a tad bit of energy though today I felt yet another cold coming on so make sure I rested up as much as I could. My immune system is pretty shaky at best.

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        • Moongazer says:

          I am trying to think of reliable immune boosters. Do you take a high strength multi vit and mineral?
          Knitting your own will be great for you with swollen feet πŸ™‚ Plus you can make them in whatever colour you like, and there are some amazing yarns out there. I would guess the sock weight would be most appropriate lol. It would definitely give you a finer fabric. I looked up on a conversion chart, and that equates to our 3 ply.
          ((((hugs)))) for you, my friend. I hope you feel better soon. There is nothing more miserable than having germs on top of FM, let alone on top of anything else xx

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  4. Donna says:

    I really have to get some Q10 to try and love the sock

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  5. plus+beauty27 says:

    Your socks are looking so cute!! Enjoy them when your finished with them! I realized it was Fibro Awareness Day too but I don’t know where I but my Fibro Awareness shirt lol. I guess I will find it when I can finally get to do some more organizing around here. I don’t believe that 1 in 10 people have Fibro either. That just seems like so many!

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  6. pedanticscouser says:

    I see you’ve turned the corner πŸ™‚

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  7. magickmogwai says:

    Your sock is looking amazing! I crocheted a pair of comfy socks myself before xmas and they were barely off my feet they were so warm and snug.

    I get what you mean about FM information. It’s good to spread the word but so much of it is crap and that has a negative effect on what people think of it. The most I did is posted an image advertising wearing purple as part of the 100 happy days I am doing, I reckoned posting about it everywhere is pretty much what I do as part of my life.
    Good luck with the rest of the sock and the other one πŸ™‚

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  8. beverley says:

    As you can see i am way behind in reading any posts at all and i am struggling to write every day and it is not because i have been experiencing flare days, but up days and sadly i think Co-enzyme Q10 is a waste of money, but it is the fact that you believe that it will help you, that it is doing so and anything that helps is worth keeping on with it.
    I have put my up days to the fact that i take a very short walk every day, or most days, however today i am having a kick back day as i have had a busy but wonderful weekend.
    As for 1 in 10 Americans having Fibro, i actually think everyone has it or has the potential to develop it and it just needs something to set it off. We are being poisoned by modern living and a stressful life and keeping up with the Joneses even if it is only subconsciously.

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    • Moongazer says:

      I actually agree with you that we are being poisoned by modern living, as we evolved to be far more active than we are, and we no longer live in synch with the natural patterns and cycles of nature as we are designed to. But you and I do seem to disagree on lots of other things 😦
      I am open-minded where treatments are concerned, and I have tried everything the Drs have prescribed and suggested – often to the detriment of my overall health and well being.
      You surprise me by doubting a natural treatment then saying we are being poisoned by modern living.
      The most successful therapies I have found have been nutritional ones. For instance – anti-depressant drugs had terrible debilitating side effects for me – hemiplegic migraines for one, but amino acids worked wonders. Vitamin D helped a lot with my aches.
      I always research any natural or nutritional therapy – very thoroughly. The amino acid research took many, many days. Taking Co-enzyme Q10 came about from recent scientific research that shows the mitochondria in the cells of people with FM do not function at full capacity. This same research shows deficiencies in Co Q10 and growth hormone. I read about these substances being low for people with FM as a theory about 7 years ago, but it was only a theory. Now there is evidence. It took further research to find out the therapeutic dose for people with FM, which is 300mgs per day. It is helping.
      I have tried many other things for various problems throughout my life, and it’s very obvious when something doesnt help – because I experience no improvement, no matter how much I want it to, or how much I believe it will. With Co Q10, I am feeling a difference. It wasn’t immediate, it has taken several weeks. With the Vitamin D it took almost a year, but then I had almost no vitamin d in my body at all when it was discovered. At that point in time I had to request the Vit D test after reading about the symptoms of deficiency. Soon after my GP began routinely testing for it. I was lucky enough to see an endocrinologist who helped develop the NHS protocol for Vit D deficiency. At that time he was fighting with his powers that be for the deficiency to be more recognised. However – he believed it would solve all my FM symptoms. It hasnt.
      I am working towards being able to stand up for longer than it takes to wash a sinkful of dishes or take a shower, and to being able to walk further than a few metres again, because that is how bad my FM has been after having to spend most of the last 12 months in bed.
      Being able to sit on the sofa and watch a film with my family is a major achievement that still causes me significant pain. But I am still tremendously better without the vast amount of drugs the doctors were giving me this time last year. Nutritional therapies have given me a stable mental and emotional state, improved my aches, helped my hair regrow and thicken after I lost well over a third of it due to prescribed drugs.
      The other aspect of this is that I refuse to just give up. I refuse to accept that the drs know everything because they don’t.
      I will continue to look into new things as they arrive, and I will continue to research and try out or discard depending on what I discover until I am back to the level of strength and stamina I was at in 2013.
      The improvement in my energy that I am experiencing since taking 300mg of CoQ10 is making enough of a difference that achieving that level is more of a reality now than it was 6 weeks ago.
      If it was simply down to a belief that it is helping, I really wouldn’t be who I am.

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      • beverley says:

        I have emailed you. But i appreciate a discussion, because i am aware that two people can see things differently and yet each can be right for that individual. I hope that makes sense. Please don’t stop writing or commenting, i look out for your posts in my email, as i know you understand where i am coming from.

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